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Maize

(aka "corn")

Chocolate is created from the cocoa bean. A cacao tree with fruit pods in various stages of ripening

Exotic varieties of maize are collected
to add genetic diversity when selectively breeding new domestic strains.

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An Aztec woman blowing on maize before putting in the cooking put, so that it will not fear the fire. Florentine Codex, late 16th century.

An Aztec woman blowing on maize before putting in the cooking put, so that it will not fear the fire.
Florentine Codex,
late 16th century

 

Aztecs storing maize.

Gold Maize. Moche Culture A.D.300
Larco Museum, Lima, Peru
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Tehuacan maize.
Early Maize Cobbs -- Tehuacán Valley

maize
NOUN:   1. See corn (sense 1). 2. A light yellow to moderate orange yellow.
ETYMOLOGY:   Spanish maíz, from Arawakan mahiz, mahís.
OTHER FORMS:   maize —ADJECTIVE
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by the Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
corn
NOUN:   1a. Any of numerous cultivated forms of a widely grown, usually tall annual cereal grass (Zea mays) bearing grains or kernels on large ears. b. The grains or kernels of this plant, used as food for humans and livestock or for the extraction of an edible oil or starch. Also called Indian corn, maize. 2. An ear of this plant. 3. Chiefly British Any of various cereal plants or grains, especially the principal crop cultivated in a particular region, such as wheat in England or oats in Scotland. 4a. A single grain of a cereal plant. b. A seed or fruit of various other plants, such as a peppercorn. 5. Corn snow. 6. Informal Corn whiskey. 7. Slang Something considered trite, dated, melodramatic, or unduly sentimental.
VERB:   Inflected forms: corned, corn·ing, corns
TRANSITIVE VERB:   1. To cause to form hard particles; granulate. 2a. To season and preserve with granulated salt. b. To preserve (beef, for example) in brine. 3. To feed (animals) with corn or grain.
INTRANSITIVE VERB:   To form hard particles; become grainy: “After the snow melts all day, it corns up at night for fine conditions” (Hatfield Valley Advocate, Massachusetts)
ETYMOLOGY:   Middle English, grain, from Old English. See glinguistic symbollinguistic symbol-no- in Appendix I.
OTHER FORMS:   maize —ADJECTIVE
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Maize

Variegated maize ears.
Variegated maize ears
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Subclass: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Panicoideae
Tribe: Andropogoneae
Genus: Zea
Species:
Z. mays
Binomial name
Zea mays

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Aztecs storing maize.

Corn kernels
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Aztecs storing maize.

Aztecs storing maize.
Florentine Codex,
late 16th century

 

Important archaeological sites
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Maize god
Maize God
Maize God
Temple 22
Copán, Honduras,
A.D. 680-750


 

Image of Zea mays from Flora von Deutschland Österreich und der Schweiz (1885).

Image of Zea mays from Flora von Deutschland Österreich und der Schweiz
(1885)

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Maize stalks, ears, and silk.

Stalks, ears, and silk

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Mural scene showing the serving and drinking of "ul," or maize-gruel. The hieroglyphic caption says "aj ul," or "maize-gruel person." Credit: Carrasco Vargas et al./PNAS.

Mural scene at Calakmul, Mexico, showing the serving and drinking of "ul," or maize-gruel.
The hieroglyphic caption says "aj ul," or "maize-gruel person."
Carrasco Vargas et al./PNAS

popcorn

Popcorn: A Symposium -- Diner's Journal, New York Times (6 April 2007)
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